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Bruce delighted to have Dawson at the KC

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says signing Michael Dawson gives his defence a boost in experience.

Bruce has already pledged to rotate his squad should the Tigers overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit and reach the Europa League group stages.

Adding Dawson to his son Alex, captain Curtis Davies and James Chester gives the former Wigan and Sunderland boss options at the back:

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Police presence increased for Lokeren tie

Humberside Police say they are increasing the number of officers on duty for tomorrow's Europa League match between Hull City and KSC Lokeren.

Senior officers are responding to the trouble which flared between rival supporters after last week's first leg in Belgium which they insist was caused by a small minority of people.

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Clark leaves Castleford for Warrington

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Daryl Clark will leave the club at the end of the 2014 Super League Season.

Clark to leave Castleford
Clark to leave Castleford Credit: Castleford Tigers

He has signed a four-year deal with Warrington Wolves from next season until November 2018.

Clark came through the scholarship and academy ranks at Castleford which is his home town club. He made his first-team debut in 2010, becoming a regular in the side the following year.

When I took on the head coach job last season the deal had already been done for Daryl to move to Warrington which secured the future of the club at that time. Whilst we obviously don't want to lose our best players this deal was in the best interests of the club. I have to say that Daryl has been an absolute pleasure to work with and it has been great to see him mature as a player and person this season.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Castleford Tigers. This is my home town club and I will always be a Cas fan. My proudest moment has been helping this team reach the Challenge Cup Final and I’ll continue to give my all to help Castleford Tigers reach the Super League Grand Final.

– Daryl Clark

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Huddersfield bowlers lose appeal for new facilities

Indoor bowls has been removed from the plans for a new leisure centre in Huddersfield.

Plans for the new leisure centre in Huddersfield
Plans for the new leisure centre in Huddersfield Credit: Kirklees Council

Cabinet members discussed the issue after the decision not to include bowls was referred back by scrutiny councillors.

Councillors have agreed to meet bowlers to discuss future provision for their sport.

In a statement, Kirklees Council said Council Leader Cllr David Sheard listened to bowlers, but said that the financial case did not stack up.

They say he agreed to continue to meet with bowlers alongside Cabinet colleagues to discuss where and how flat green bowling can be provided once the current sports centre is closed.

Read: No bowls in Huddersfield

Bruce: Rhodes deal 'dead and buried'

Hull boss Steve Bruce has said a potential deal to sign Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes is "dead and buried".

Jordan Rhodes' move to Hull off according to Steve Bruce
Jordan Rhodes' move to Hull off according to Steve Bruce Credit: Press Association

It was reported last week that Bruce was keen on bringing the prolific Championship striker to the KC Stadium following the departure of Shane Long to Southampton for £12million earlier this month.

Bruce reported Blackburn were open to selling their star asset, but that they had changed their minds, with the former Wigan and Sunderland boss now conceding defeat in his pursuit of the Scotland international.

It's dead and buried. We got an indication from Blackburn that they were willing to do a deal and that obviously changed in 24 hours. That's their prerogative. If they'd have said that to start with - that he wasn't for sale no matter what we wanted to do - then fine, we'll walk away. But unfortunately it gets a bit protracted and last weekend we thought it was close and then all of a sudden he's not for sale, so we'll move on to the next one.

– Steve Bruce
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